VIDEO: Lander Veterans celebrate Veterans Day with cannon fire

"Mighty Mo." Lander Veterans Day Cannon Firing Celebration. County 10 photo.

(Lander, WY) – Veterans from the American Legion Don Stough Post 33 and the Lander VFW Post 954 & Auxiliary continued an annual Lander Veteran tradition for the Thursday, November 11th 2021 Veterans Day celebrations, and fired off cannons to coincide with the 7:00 AM firing of cannons at Arlington National Cemetery.

This year’s cannon crew consisted of Ken Persson Sr., Cory Butler, Holly Butler, and George Hampton.

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George Hampton, Cory Butler and Ken Persson Sr. pose in front of the cannon. (Not pictured Holly Butler). County 10 photo.

Everyone met up at the VFW at 4:30 AM and braved the 20 degree weather before driving through town, firing the cannon at various stops in Lander.

After gathering the crew, the first stop was the 5:00 AM shot on Main Street to coincide with the 7:00 AM firing at the Arlington National Cemetery.

After the first few shots were fired by George, Cory and Holly got their turns as well, and there was even a strategically timed shot fired in front of Mayor Monte Richardson’s house.

Check out some more photos from all the cannon firing preparation!

Getting ready. County 10 photo.
Prepping “Mighty Mo.” County 10 photo.
“Mighty Mo,” a mini-cannon from the 1940’s, sure can make a lot of noise for such a little fella! County 10 photo.
“Mighty Mo.” County 10 photo.
“Mighty Mo” on the road. County 10 photo.
Prepping in the dark.County 10 photo.
Cory Butler getting his turn firing the cannon. County 10 photo.
Holly Butler getting her turn firing the cannon. County 10 photo.
The Cannon Crew made sure Coffee Time host Vince Tropea was included in the photo op since he was along for the cannon firing ride. County 10 photo.

Thanks again to all of the Veterans in Fremont County and the nation on this 2021 Veterans Day, thank you for your service!

For all of County 10’s Veterans Day coverage, click here.

(It was brought to County 10’s attention that despite the annual tradition often including members of both the American Legion Don Stough Post 33 and the Lander VFW Post 954 & Auxiliary, the roots of the cannon celebration began with the American Legion, which continues the tradition in conjunction with VFW members. We appreciate the clarification brought to us by an American Legion representative.)

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